Feb 6, 2014 4:18am
Re: How many states did you see Dead shows in?
"Who are the Grateful Dead
and why do they keep following me?"
Nothing to do with the question but I was trying to figure out when I saw the Dead in Sweden from N.Y. would that be 'furthur' then someone who saw the dead in Alaska or Hawaii. [Geography] and I was thinking it is like a Math problem because I would have to know where they stated their journey from.[Algebra]
(Plus Sweden is not a STATE so I am probably SOL.)
But anyway when I went to the District of Columbia that is not a state yet I saw some great RFK shows there.
So then I figured I should just answer;
"Sitting here in Limbo"http://jgmf.blogspot.com/2013/11/ln-jg1975-10-30jgballaud.html
(and blam that don't count- cause it is Garcia / Grisman)
I am pretty sure the best thing to do is to count all the States I had to go through to get to a Dead show because if you do that you will quickly find you've got one of those colored in maps on the back of a well traveled R.V.
And really if you think about it if you got gas or used the restroom or made note of the State Troopers vehicles you have been to that State and don't forget Rest stops , campgrounds, scenic overlooks, state parks. "Hotels, motels and Holiday inn's"
And heck if you ever got pulled over and had a dog sniff through your earthly possessions or outside your vehicle there is even a record somewhere that you been through that state.
Now if you flew (by airplane)then I am only giving you credit for the show itself. Well, unless you had a connecting flight then maybe you should get credit for that too? But you certainly won't get any credit for chatting up the stewardess (unless said chat led to a stately invite)but I digress.
How about the ticket stubs I had from back in the day of shows I didn't make and then they became like a little trophy to my overzealous tour appetite.
How about when we got the V.W. bus loaded up to go to Boston and ended up at a regional Rainbow Gathering in Upstate N.Y. in some old Apple Orchid?
No, it has to be shows seen that is really the only fair way to do this.
My problem is since I was on tour for several years there was many a night when I would be out in the Cold Rain and Snow but hey some nights Healy put it on the F.M. band. Nah I guess that don't count either.
And this is my opinion but if you ever gate crashed a show you lose credit for the whole thing, heck even the whole tour. epic fail!
"One in ten thousand comes for the show"
I got into a Richmond Show with an uncut ticket from Hampton
once. So I got Virginia covered.[And if the ticket taker didn't take that ticket I would have been out in the lot not busting down the door]
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oh the question close to 75 shows? Probably 20 states? Nothing North of Cali never south of L.A.
(Geographically only places in lower 48 I have not been)